Monday, April 9, 2012
Firms ripping off illegals forced to pay up
From the Daily News:
In what is as much a part of New York’s urban landscape as the Brooklyn Bridge, one more dishonest employer has been found brazenly cheating immigrant workers — and will have to pay for it.
City Controller John Liu announced Wednesday a nearly $1.2 million settlement on behalf of the workers who, for years, had been robbed of much of their wages and benefits.
[Renato] Garcés says his three children, living in his hometown of Veracruz, can now have a better life thanks to the money he earned with the sweat of his brow doing masonry work for Mascon Restoration. That money was rightfully his, of course, but he would have never seen it if not for Liu’s investigation.
Mascon and three other construction management firms — JF Contracting, Promanagement Associates and Delcor Associates — had to shell out $1,178,323 to the controller’s office for failing to pay prevailing wages and benefits to workers as the law mandates on city funded projects. The firms were hired by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to inspect and repair the agency’s buildings.
Mascon also pled guilty to a felony criminal charge in a separate deal with the Manhattan District Attorney.
If prevailing wages and benefits are being paid, then the argument that illegal labor is needed "to do the jobs Americans won't do" doesn't hold water, does it Mr. Bloomberg?